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links for 2010-09-16

16 Sep
  • Cities exist in location, and they exist in time. Cities accumulate their personalities as time goes by…There are cities that remember being villages. Other cities — currently bland, devoid of personality — are prepared to wait until they have history. Few cities are proud: they know that it's all too often a happy accident, a mere geographical fluke that they exist at all — a wide harbour, a mountain pass, the confluence of two rivers.
    At present, cities stay where they are.
    For now cities sleep.
    But there are rumblings. Things change. And what if, tomorrow, cities woke, and went walking? If Tokyo engulfed your town? If Vienna came striding over the hill toward you? If the city you inhabit today just upped and left, and you woke tomorrow wrapped in a thin blanket on an empty plain, where Detroit once stood, or Sydney, or Moscow?
    Don't ever take a city for granted.
    After all, it is bigger than you are; it is older; and it has learned how to wait…
  • (The last pic will blow your mind!)
    With dozens of spacecraft currently orbiting, roving or otherwise and traveling through our solar system, I thought it would be interesting to get a general snapshot in time, using images from NASA and ESA spacecraft near Mercury, Earth, the Moon, Mars, Saturn and a few in-transit to further destinations. Collected here are recent images gathered from around our solar system, at scales ranging from mere centimeters to millions of kilometers. (32 photos total)
  • Parent-toys are the addictive, developmentally unsound objects that distract your parents from what’s really important—you. Whatever the cause of their addiction to their toys—usually a combination of emptiness, ennui and anxiety—you must cure your parents: stop smiling when they get their camera; pull them away from their laptop (spitting your milk on it doesn’t work—they just buy a new one); engage them in enthusiastic conversation when they are on the phone. Every parent is different, though, and there are parents who only respond to primitive gestures: pee, poop, vomit and not knowing which one you just did. Trust your judgment; only you truly understand your parents
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